Hoka One One-sponsored ultrarunner Pete Kostelnick is looking to become a real, modern-day Forrest Gump.
The 29-year-old athlete started running in San Francisco on Sept. 12 with a mission to become the fastest person to cross the country on foot, a Guinness Book of World Records feat that hasn’t been broken in 36 years, the brand said. According to Hoka, Kostelnick is on pace to break the record and reach New York’s City Hall by today between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET.
The brand said the current transcontinental record is 46 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes, set by Frank Giannio Jr. in 1980.
“We are incredibly excited to support Pete’s run across America. He started running to improve his health a few years ago and has quickly risen among the ranks of ultrarunners,” Mike McManus, Hoka One One senior sports marketing manager, said in a statement. “I’m amazed by his singular focus of 70-plus mile days per day. We’re cheering for him as he resets the standard of what’s possible. This is inspirational and mind-blowing.”
Throughout his run, the ultrarunner has endured thunderstorms, snowstorms, 35-mph winds and three mountain passes of more than 9,000 feet. The brand said to achieve his goal, Kostelnick is eating at least 13,000 calories a day.
What’s on his feet? Kostelnick is wearing Hoka One One’s Clifton 3 shoe, a neutral runner built for the road that is lightweight and offers a plush ride.